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It’s obvious that Satan would want to pull out all the stops to keep Jesus from returning. You see, I think that most people who are involved in studying conspiracy theories only get it half right. I’m not talking about their conclusions regarding some of the more major conspiracy theories that exist. I’m referring to what they tend to conclude because of those conspiracy theories. For Satan to stop Jesus from returning, he must have a truly intricate plan to overcome all of society. This is probably best made possible by using one main group or family of people from which he would direct all of his earthly affairs. It certainly is better than the alternative, which is to work through millions of people the world over and try to bring unity and coherence. I cannot see that working. Satan would need a base of operations as it were, in which to bring his plan to fulfillment.
But aside from the fact that Jesus knew Satan to be real, the Bible also tells us of God’s plan for the ages and the summation of all things. We know, for instance, that much of Revelation (chapters 6 – 18) deal with the coming Tribulation/Great Tribulation, a period of seven years in which God’s wrath is to be poured out onto this earth and all of humanity. While there are those who personally enjoy (and profit) from allegorizing God’s Word to make it say something else entirely, the reality is that this seven-year period is noted too many times in Scripture to ignore. We learn of it in Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Joel, and other portions of Scripture. God has taken the time to repeat Himself throughout Scripture about the events leading up to the second coming of Jesus to this earth.
Look, if Satan can’t keep a person from gaining salvation (he can’t), he will do whatever he can to keep us from fellowship with God (he can). In essence, this is what he accomplished in the Garden of Eden through his temptation to eat of the forbidden fruit. He knew that succumbing to that temptation would cause the fellowship that Adam and Eve enjoyed would be broken. The final result was death, spiritually and physically. Satan knows that he cannot keep people from gaining salvation so his next best thing is to keep them from fellowship.
I know that people are making a huge deal out of this miniseries, but the book has been around since 1953. In reality, this is a sci-fi miniseries based on Clarke’s book and from what I have seen and read, there is nothing connected to the Bible except the imagery that makes Karellen appear to be like the devil in the way he looks. In the end, take away the aliens that look like Satan and what is left is a sci-fi tale that’s been told in many different times and in many different ways. Aliens come to earth because they want to take over earth for their own malevolent purposes. This has nothing to do with Satan’s purposes as revealed in Scripture. He has been slowly and consistently gaining more control of earth and its people because of his own purposes which culminate in attempting to keep Jesus from touching down physically on this planet when His time comes for His Second Coming.
Folks, you may be one who needs to find a balance between a Christian’s involvement in the political arena and evangelism. I would hope that you would err on the side of greater evangelism and less on politics. God’s plan is written in stone. It is unchangeable just as His plan to create Israel and bring forth from that nation a Messiah, a Savior was unchangeable. This Savior would make salvation available to all who would come, believing, trusting in the Name that stands alone, rising high above all others, “so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,” (Philippians 2:10).
I am convinced that Satan has been using ideologies like Dominionism to cause Christians to shift their focus away from spiritual needs to material needs. In the meantime though, Satan continues to redirect society away from God and God allows it. God does so because His highest purposes benefit from it. While I believe the church needs to “wake up,” it needs to do so with respect to the Great Commission and not any sense of “Dominionism” or “Reconstructionism” that is allegedly supposed to direct our steps.
If God is allowing Satan every opportunity to make himself “like” the Most High, it stands to reason then that God will allow His own Word to be fulfilled and that includes a time when Satan – through his spiritual “son” – will rule the earth during the final seven-year period, which ends with the physical return of Jesus.
However, if we look seriously at the whole timeline of events from Creation until now, or at least since the time of Christ until now, what has been the one constant that is to absorb Christians? What one thing are all Christians to be involved in regardless of how good or bad the times are in society? If you answered “the Great Commission,” you would be 100% correct. This should be every Christian’s main push. It is our true calling, our main calling, not our secondary calling.